Onward and upward: WCS students graduate

Waimea Country School fifth-grader Makoa Painton delivers his graduation speech during last week’s ceremony. A student at WCS since first grade, he described his personal growth, including going from being so shy he was barely able to speak in class to giving this speech in front of gathered family and friends. (COURTESY PHOTOS/WCS)

The highlights of Waimea Country School’s ceremony, held on the lanai stage at the school, were speeches given by each of their 10 graduates describing the growth they’ve made during their time there. Pictured (left to right) are Hulton Chicoine, Makoa Painton, Ione Chicoine, Elayna Henderson, Helene Baril, Madison Davids, Lacy Goble, Mia Charfen, Laird Penny, and Collin Erickson. They next head to middle school.

Waimea Country School graduates Lacy Goble (left) and Mia Charfen pose with their lei after the May 23 graduation ceremony. Both girls are headed to Parker School in the fall for middle school. (COURTESY PHOTOS/WCS)

Ten Waimea Country School students graduated Wednesday, ready to begin middle school this fall. Graduates gave speeches at the ceremony, reflecting back on their time at WCS, and all shared memories and aloha. Each student currently attending the school participated in this special event.